Day 14: Book

It’s no secret that I love books. I love reading them and I love writing them and I love reviewing them. I love thinking about them and how they relate to my life and the world around me. Books are my life.

And yet, I’m just not feeling super bookish lately.

Maybe it’s the quarantine getting me down. Maybe it’s refereeing one too many fights over inconsequential things between my boys. Maybe it’s having a to-do list a mile long and not really knowing where to start. I don’t know.

I had planned to read a bunch and write a bunch while I’m at home because this is the perfect time for catching up on such activities, but I’ve hardly done any writing or reading. I mostly feel like imitating a bump on a log. It’s not a very productive way to spend my days, but when they all blur together, what else is there to do?

I guess it all comes down to Yoda’s wise words:

Do, or do not. There is no try.

I need to keep my brain active, or it will atrophy. I can do that by reading books. And hopefully by reading more, I’ll be inspired to write more.

But after spending my day fighting with one of my kids, I think I’m going to veg out in front of the TV tonight and start in on the brain exercise tomorrow.

How are you handling the current need for social distancing and isolation? What are some of your favorite books?

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27 thoughts on “Day 14: Book

  1. snowqueensvt says:

    Thank you for this post. I did find that I can’t concentrate on any book (I am bookaholic and a polygamous reader to boot). Also, I found that I get more tired more quickly without actually getting tired (going to work and doing all the usual outside-the-house things

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I know exactly what you mean about being tired! I must be sleeping better, at least, because I’m beginning to look more rested, as opposed to looking like a college student at the end of hell week, but I still kinda feel that exhausted. It’s like the exhaustion just settles in your bones and refuses to leave. My jobs have always been more mentally tiring than physically tiring (such is the nature of office work), but staying at home with the kids all day is more mentally taxing than any office job. The parents who stay at home with their kids all day deserve medals, because it’s a hard and thankless job. I’ve done it before, but I’m not good at it. I love my children, but – like being a teacher – I was not meant to stay at home with them all the time.

      I’m fortunate that I can be with them right now, but my feelings on staying at home with my kids are complicated, and I feel like I’m not expressing them well at all. Maybe I just meed a good night’s sleep…


      • snowqueensvt says:

        Me too))). I understand exactly what you are saying. I love my daughter to bits. But I ran away from maternity leave just after 3 months. I was going crazy at home. Now she is 18 and is handling quarantine better than me

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          How long did you have for maternity leave? I only had six weeks. While part of me wished it was longer, part of me was ready to go back after that, and not just because I really needed the paycheck.

          I think quarantine would make me a little less crazy if I was doing it by myself. I know I’ll miss my kids when they’re all grown and gone, but I’m also kind of looking forward to it – I had my first child when I was 19, still practically a kid myself, and I’m looking forward to being able to do things without having to take childcare and kids’ activities and interests into account. I still have a long way to go before they all fly away – my youngest is only 8 1/2 – but one can dream of things staying where one puts them and of a house that stays clean.

          Of course, when they do all leave the nest at last, I probably won’t know exactly what to do with myself at first. There are so many things I want to do and see that I won’t know where to begin! 😂


    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I haven’t heaed of that one – is it on Disney+?

      Seymour’s still working, too, and we’ve been rewatching the Harry Potter movies at night to unwind. But tonight’s the last installment, so I’m not sure what we’ll watch next. Any recommendations that don’t involve streaming?


      • markrhunter says:

        Yes–my daughter got us a Hulu for Christmas, and we decided to try Disney+. It’s the first animated Star Wars we ever watched, which in a way is too bad because they keep bringing on characters from Star Wars: Clone Wars who we’re not familiar with.

        I don’t really have any recommendations that don’t involve streaming, though. We have our regular network TV shows that we like, most of which are running out of fresh episodes, and that’s about it. I don’t know the last time we watched a movie–it may have been last year. We’ve picked up on our book reading, though!

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          The downside of life in the country is that good internet is really expensive. It’s a good thing we have an extensive DVD collection.

          Today, though, I’m enjoying my high school production of Footloose (circa 2002). It’s been fun trip down memory lane. 😊

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          • markrhunter says:

            That’s a good point. I live in a small town, but it’s still a town, so we have cable and high speed internet. I suppose if we lived out in the country I’d be through more of these piles of books by now!

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          • Kay Kauffman says:

            We used to live in a small town, which was nice, but one of the local providers had sort of a corner on the market. But even so, there were other options, namely, the local telecom and satellite. Satellite’s about all we can get out here, though one place offers line-of-sight.

            Sometimes I really miss living in town, and this is one of them. But on the other hand, I’m not sure I’d be able to send the kids out to play if we still lived in town, especially if we still lived in the last house we had in town – its yard was virtually non-existent.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I mind living in the country a lot less now than I did the first time, but our circumstances now are completely different than the ones I faced the first time I lived in the country. Still, I miss the convenience of living in town.


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